Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Guest Blog: Of Dreams and Shadow by D.S. McKnight

Of Dreams and Shadow
Forget Me Not

Book 1
by DS McKnight
Genre:  YA Fiction (paranormal)

Publisher:  Stone Bay Press
Number of pages:  286 pages
Cover Artist:  Cathy Jackson
Book Trailer 

Book Description: 

We live. We die. Is there anything more?
Jenna Barton is about to find out. After moving to the coastal North Carolina town of Parson's Cove, Jenna has unwittingly stepped into the middle of a mystery involving a missing child. Unfortunately, the predator is still on the loose and Jenna has become his new obsession.
With a little luck and a bit of paranormal help, Jenna might survive.

D.S. McKinght's Guest Blog:
The Story Behind the Story
Story ideas come from different sources — it all depends on the writer. For me, the inspiration for my novel came from a childhood incident.
I was three years old — playing outside — when I saw my shadow. Apparently, it was the first time I had noticed it. After trying to get away from it and failing, I became quite upset. I was hysterical when my mother found me, certain my shadow was going to get me.

I asked myself: What if my shadow had been after me? What could have happened?

Her room was flooded with sunshine, when Jenna finally awoke to the ringing of her cell. With her eyes closed, she groped for the phone. “Hello.”
It was Jess. “So, how was it?”
Yawning, Jenna asked, “How was what?”
“Don’t play stupid with me, Jenna. You know what I’m talking about. So?”
“I had a blast,” she giggled. “How about you?”
“I sat home all night. You on the other hand need to share!”
“Okay, okay. We went to that new restaurant, The Train Depot. I had this amazing steak and cheese. We talked about, you know, stuff - like sports and fishing. Then we went to an arcade and played a couple games.”
“Alright. And then?”
Jenna smiled. She wasn’t going to make it that easy. “Then we came home.”
“Home, huh? That’s it…he dropped you off and drove away…” Jess left the comment hanging.
“Well, he did walk me to my door.”
“Come on, Jen,” Jess begged.
Jenna flashed back to the night before, standing on the front steps. She couldn’t help but laugh. “I didn’t think he was going to kiss me. It seemed like we talked forever. I was getting so cold. Anyway, he leans into me, our lips touch and it’s like amazing. I mean, it’s like I’m seeing flashes of light. And then he pulls away, and then I realize it’s actually my mom turning the porch light on and off, on and off. I thought I’d die of embarrassment!”


About the Author: 

When I was a little girl, I was afraid of my shadow - seriously afraid - running and screaming afraid. Perhaps I've always been a victim of an over-active imagination and maybe that explains the monsters hiding under my bed, the ghosts lurking in my closet, and the Shadow that inspired my first novel – Of Dreams and Shadow:  Forget Me Not.  I have always loved to write.  While in school, I dreamed of being a reporter, parachuting into war-torn places and getting "the story."  In reality I’m afraid of heights and would never jump out of a perfectly good flying machine.   I have been fortunate enough to have had a varied career - from working as a DJ for a small radio station to serving as the president and part owner of a marina.  I am married, have three sons and live in coastal North Carolina.
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